Orangutan with Legal Rights Begins New Life in Florida

https://youtu.be/oqWh7F63RVQ An orangutan called Sandra, who spent 20 years in an Argentine zoo, is being moved to a US nonhuman animal sanctuary after being granted the legal right to personhood and liberty. Lawyers won a landmark appeal for Sandra in 2014, arguing she is being detained in Buenos Aires illegally. by Almundena Calatrava edited by O … Continue reading Orangutan with Legal Rights Begins New Life in Florida

Ex Nihilo & Turtles All the Way Down

edited by O Society October 3, 2019 The following anecdote is told of William James. After a lecture on cosmology and the structure of the solar system, James was accosted by a little old lady. "Your theory the sun is the centre of the solar system, and the earth is a ball which rotates around … Continue reading Ex Nihilo & Turtles All the Way Down

De 德 Zhuangzi 莊子

edited by O Society September 23, 2019 19 Chi Hsing-tzu was training gamecocks for the king. After ten days the king asked if they were ready. “Not yet. They’re too haughty and rely on their nerve.” Another ten days and the king asked again. “Not yet. They still respond to noises and movements.” Another ten … Continue reading De 德 Zhuangzi 莊子

The Ethic of Reverence for Life

by Albert Schweitzer edited by O Society September 11, 2019 Excerpted from Civilization and Ethics (Part II of The Philosophy of Civilization translated by John Naish) Descartes tells us philosophizing is based on the judgment: "I think, therefore I am." From this meager and arbitrarily selected beginning it is inevitable it should wander into the path … Continue reading The Ethic of Reverence for Life

Schadenfreude Theater: Octopus Selfie

https://youtu.be/tZfj49uObE0 by Kevin McCarty edited by O Society August 23, 2019 Tacoma, Washington: When Jamie Bisceglia met up with some fishermen who hooked an octopus during a fishing derby in the Tacoma Narrows August 2, she saw an opportunity for an unusual picture. "It was a photo contest in the derby. So, crazy me, hindsight … Continue reading Schadenfreude Theater: Octopus Selfie

Moving Beyond a Propensity For Pretentiousness

by Clark Scott edited by O Society August 5, 2019 I have, for much of my life, had a propensity for mimicking birds. Most of my attempts havelittle noticeable effect, but some of my vocalizations lead to what seems to occasionally be emotional rebuttals. I sometimes wonder if this propensity of mine is an attempt … Continue reading Moving Beyond a Propensity For Pretentiousness